WE HAVE LOTS OF DIFFERENT CLAY ACTIVITIES ON OFFER BOTH WEEKDAYS & WEEKENDS.
All Sessions need to be booked for in advance.
To book - Simply ring the studio, we check availability & book you in
The sessions are taught individually on a 1:1 basis,
unless you are coming as a couple, with friends or part of a group. They are all suitable for beginners & no prior knowledge is necessary.
The sessions make great gifts and are all available as gift vouchers
We have two potters wheels in the studio.
Come & have some fun throwing pots. An Individual session lasts around 60-90 minutes.You get a ball of clay and are guided through the basic steps to make a pot. Once you have done your first pot with assistance, you then get a second ball of clay and time to practice on the wheel yourself.
You can have your pots fired then return to paint them in the studio at a cost of £3.50 per pot, or alternativley you take them home to air dry on the day.
Note: Children need to be aged 7 years and over so that they can reach the peddles safely & follow the instructions given to them.There is maximum of 2 adult spectators during children's sessions. Spectators also need to be booked in due to covid restrictions on numbers.
MONTHLY WHEEL MEMBERSHIP £40-£65
This is for those that had done the wheel experience session & would like to continue to learn & develop their skills on the potters wheel.
The membership allows you access to the studio & the wheel tools. Once joined simply ring the studio & book in your session.
Sessions are from 1.5+ hours & includes 20 minutes of 1:1 support & tuition. Evening sessions are also available from our home studio between 6.30-9pm.
We have two membership packages:
preparartion of clay, basic throwing methods, advanced skills, altered wheel pots, trimming & reclaiming clay.
A 12.5kg bag of clay can be purchased at the studio at a cost of £12.50
The Pottery Experience is a great fun introduction to clay. The session starts by rolling your sleeves up & throwing some pots on the wheel, this is followed by a few hours of handbuilding, using either the tradional coiling or slab buildind methods.
You are shown the basic steps to mould, shape & assemble your clay, then left to create your masterpiece.
We have lots of ideas in the studio & help on hand by our friendly team. The session ususally lasts around 2.5 -3 hours, but you can take as long as you need, there is no time limit on the day.
Vases, pet dishes, bird houses, lidded pots are all popular makes during this activity, anything goes and the choice is yours
3-4 hour class.
Come & join us making a fabulous little breakfast set
This class uses the pottery wheel, GR Forms and slabs to make a Cereal bowl,Breakfast plate, Toast plate and either a Mug or juice tumbler.
There is nothing nicer than eating your breakfast from your very own handmade pots.
The class includes simple glazing ready for collection 3-4 weeks later. Should you wish to design and glaze your own pots, this is an additional £10.
Aprox 2 - 2.5hr class
Come join us making any Homewear item in clay by hand. Plates, platters, butter dish's, fruit strainers, pet dishes - there is loads of choice and you can choose on the day.
In this class items are usually built from slabs of clay, we show you how to prepare & cut the clay before assembling and adding texture.
In this 3-4 hour flower making class, we show you how to make a variety of flowers, there are loads to choose from
daisies, daffodils,roses carnations, hydrandas,dahilias to name a few.
Pick which flowers you wish to make and we show you step by step how to create them in clay.
The class includes simple glazing by sharon, ready for collection 3-4 weeks later. Should you wish to return to glaze your flowers yourself, it is an additional £8.
This fabulous fun filled day explores lots of elements of pottery making.
You will cover pot throwing on the wheel making 2-3 pots, followed by building an item by hand. The day comes to an end painting an item of Bisque pottery.
You will choose an item to make from our many ideas in the studio, then you are shown you the pottery method to built it, showing you how to shape, blend & attach the clay together to form your masterpiece.
Pottery Classes for children...
Although all our classes can be adapted & attended by children, the following are specifically designed for children between 6-12 years of age.
Adults can also take part in these classes with an accompaning child. These session's make a fabulous family day out for parents, grandparents or guardians to spend quality time together whilst being creative.
A fun & creative way for children 6 years & over to experience clay in a fun environment.
The children simply choose what they wish to make from our examples & ideas in the studio... it may be a pen pot, wild thing pot or animals.
The choice is limitless and you wont be stuck for ideas.
You are shown step by steps on how to build,assemble & join the clay to make your creation.
or you may just want simple instructions & go it alone
The session needs to be booked in advance. Session is around 1.5 hrs. Cold drink included.
Glaze firing is optional at £4 or you can take your creation home with you at the end of the session.
This very popular 1.5hr class shows the children how to make a clay pot using sausages (coils) of clay, we then spend time making it into a wild thing of their choice (There are loads to choose from!)
Step by step support is given throughout. Aimed at children 6years & over
Glaze firing is optional at £4, or you can take your creation home to air dry after the session.
Aprox 2hr class, making 1 of our Wall buddies.
You are shown how to assemble the body structure using pinch pots, we then add arms and legs before adding details to make the face.
They are finished by adding texture and or clay accessories to make your own unique wall buddy. There are loads of ideas to choose from.
Glaze firing is optional at £4 and can be done at the end of the session - add 30-45 minutes to your session. Collection is 3-4 weeks later.
For younger children 10 years & under we have clay play.
Simply roll up their sleeves and let them squish and squash with a ball of clay & our cutters & tools
Its great sensory stimualtion for toddlers.
There is no tuition in this session, but we do have some very simple modelling books for ideas.
Our younger visitors have made some great creations in these sessions.
We run a Home education group on a Thursday Afternoon 1-3pm*, here families & children being Home educated can meet up whilst exploring their creative sides in clay.
No charge for parents unless you wish to have your own tools & equipment for your own creation!
During the sessions, We make & do whatever clay activity each child wants** - there are loads of ideas in the studio and help will be available during the session. Creations are taken home to air dry at the end of each session, or they can be fired ready for glazing during another session.
*Runs during school term time only
** Clay activities only, Paint a pot Activity not included in the sessions (you can paint pots you have made & had fired).
OPENING HOURS - BY APPOINTMENT DURING THIS TIME
DUE TO BEING IN LOCKDOWN, WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED SORRY- GIFT VOUCHERS CAN STILL BE ORDERED ON LINE
* We may not be in the studio if no one is booked in
The Crafty Potter
Heskin Hall Shopping Village
Heskin Hall Estate
077 3239 3040
Due to very limited space
All handmade & painted pots are only kept in the studio for 4 weeks.
Uncollected pots will be thrown away.
Please let us know if you are unable to collect your pot & need us to keep it a little longer for you
If we are not in the studio, dont worry, Simply take your ticket number to the desk "under the stairs" nr the potter, and the staff will kindly get your pots for you.